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Friday, 11 December 2009

Norman

Well on a quest to better myself I took up an English class.. I want to learn more about punctuation and try my hand at creative writing. Our tutor wanted us to write a true story for the BBC website My Story. I wrote about my inspiration and why I decided to make stuff.. Here's my story.. Norman!

This is a fairytale of one girl with a bellyful of hopes and a head full of daydreams. A tale of big love and imagination, A story that tells you to hang onto the child inside of you, believe in yourself, believe that anything is possible. This is the story of doodles and daydreams and everything sweet and candy covered all sewn together. This is my story, the story of who I am and what I want to be. This will tell you how I became Kittypinkstars and why it's all I ever wanted to be. The tale of making something out of nothing, and that's a real achievement!





“Thanks Nan, I love him, I’m going to call him Norman.”
I remember most of the toys my Nan made me as a child, she was so clever and ever so creative, either knitting or sewing a special friend for me and my brother every Birthday or Christmas when we were growing up. I remember how I felt when I unwrapped every toy, slowly peeling back the paper to peep inside. It was a mixture of excitement and impatience; it left a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I remember the way each new toy smelt, it was an indescribable smell, an amazing scent of Nan that I have bottled in my mind. I remember the wardrobe, the magic wardrobe that I still own. We opened it one day and bags of stuffing fell out, along with many other wonderful crafting goodies. We laughed about it for years.
But most of all, I remember Norman. Well actually it’s not so hard to remember Norman because still today, 28 years later, he lies on my bed a memory of that feeling from all that time ago, a magical keepsake from my Nan. In case you’re wondering about this elusive Norman, let me explain. Norman is a fox, a knitted fox. Not just any fox, but one of the green dungaree and scarf wearing variety. He’s seen a lot in his years (haven’t we all?) but unlike the rest of us, he just doesn’t age.
“You’re a lot like your Nan, you know?” Mum will say, and I take this as the greatest of compliments. And yes I am an advertisers dream, always wanting to test out any new product or gimmick that comes along. I also have her crazy sense of fashion and colour, I bite my nails, I love rubbish television and I’m a real hoarder, but most of all, I love to make stuff.
I guess being born into creativity helped a lot, but I just love to draw, sew, knit, anything really that involves making something out of nothing. I thank my Mum for the knitting bit. Mum taught me to knit when I was 10, yes the usual, a square, well more of an unplanned triangle, created by dropping so many stitches. But slowly with perseverance a doll’s scarf appeared. I didn’t really knit for a long while after this, but then along came my little boy, Noah.
Sadly my Nan passed away during my pregnancy and Noah never got to meet her, but I was determined to continue her special magic and pass it onto my child, Noah was my new inspiration. As one great love left my life, another one was born into it. I got back into knitting for a short while, making some soft toys for Noah from patterns. I found it extremely relaxing, a lovely way to spend the evening once I’d put the little guy to bed. Then one day, he fell in love with a little monkey that we saw online.
“That’s the one Mummy! I love him. Can we get the blue one please?”
I ordered the little blue monkey and Noah aptly named him Little Blue. He was a funny little monkey, long and thin and made out of a sock. Wow a sock of all things, this was amazing to me, a whole new idea I’d never ever seen before. I’d heard of sock puppets because I’d always loved them as a child. I was always amazed at how much personality you could get from just a sock on your hand, seriously more personality than a lot of people project, but this was new. Determined to find out more, I searched the internet for any information. And that’s when I found my hero, John Murphy.
Based in NC USA, John is an artist and plush toy designer. He had published a book called Stupid Sock Creatures. My Mum bought it for me that Christmas, and I followed the patterns and made a couple of creatures in his design. I was fairly happy with the results but there was something missing. I pondered what was needed to make it just perfect.
Meanwhile, Noah had lost Little Blue. He came home from playschool one day without his little friend and was absolutely devastated and completely crushed. Little Blue had become part of our family so I was also terribly upset. We searched everywhere for the little guy, but no luck until two weeks later when he finally came home. But that’s the secret magic part, the bit where you just have to hang on to the child inside of you and believe that wishes come true. When I saw the fantastic reunion between these two long lost friends I was instantly inspired. I loved Little Blue’s long skinny limbs and the joy he brought to my little boy so I bought a really long brightly coloured stripy sock and drew up a few doodles, creating a sock creature design of my own, with long legs and arms, jumbo hands and big chunky feet and ears.
And that was how Tutti Frutti was made. She was a citrus coloured sock with a blue stripe that ran through it. I made her a knitted orange as a sweet treat; after all we all need a little treat these days don’t we?
“Mummy I love it, can I have a blue one please? He can be a friend for Little Blue.”
Yes! I loved how excited Noah was about my little hand made toy. All those memories of my Nan came flooding back. So I found a stripy blue sock and made the perfect friend for my little boy. Inspired by the lovely blue and a need for daydreams, I knitted him a rain cloud and we named him Raymond.
Raymond quickly became an online celebrity; he was so much fun to take photos of and in turn awakened my love of photography. I set up photo opportunities and would take a daily series of photos for Noah so that when he came home from school he could see what his new friend had been up to. From reading the paper to doing the gardening, Noah would love to see how busy his little friend had been. I started making more, in different colours with different treats, I had lots of photos up online and people were getting really interested in this new creation.
“You need to sell those things.”
That was the message from a friend of mine who saw my latest creatures online. He told me about Etsy, a website where you could set up your own online store and sell your handmade crafts. So that’s exactly what I did, and on 27th March 2006 I was the proud owner of an online shop, selling my creatures around the world.
Sales picked up and the word was spreading. One day a creature was bought by a girl who sang in a new up and coming band Bo Pepper. This lead to one of my sock creatures appearing on MTV in a music video, Noah nearly burst with excitement. This was a real creative peak for me. I made creatures for Noah’s friends when he was invited to birthday parties. And I soon made creatures for the teachers at his school too. The children would take them home and write diaries for them, it helped with their creative writing and was so much fun for them. I became known as the stripy lady and was making regular appearances at the school fairs. I even made a 3ft creature from a wonderful cloudy patterned fake fur fabric.

Using a completely different fabric was fun, and I soon moved on to making things out of felt, the colours available were so inspiring. I started to make even more plush toys in this new fabric, so incorporating felt with colours and my love of googly eyes on inanimate objects, I started making little friends to go with my sock creatures. A whole new look for my online store and a fresh new start for my creativity and imagination. I contacted the self employment office and registered as self employed. This was a completely new start and I decided to actually make something out of this little business.

I started a Facebook fan page to promote my new business and to my amazement I gained 230 fans in 2 weeks, one of them being John Murphy! I was stunned. He messaged me saying

“You are still one of my favourites and I love the wrestlers. I forward people looking for new ideas onto you. You do the mouths even better than me, mega kudos”.

That was a great moment and I felt a real sense of achievement. So with a mind full of ideas and a belly full of dreams, sometimes I feel that my wish is really coming true.

One day I’m going to be a real artist.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Fresh start....New friends....New style!!

Hey guys... Well I know I went straight back to being a bad blogger again but I have been a busy little kitty cat!

I decided to really try and make this little business work for me, so I gave my creatures a whole new look. After realising just how much I love felt, now each creature comes with a little felt friend and they have their own little story about how they met (This comes hand written on the back of a laminated art card!)

Here's what I made..



It's been a busy week... But I feel really inspired by my favourite season..Autumn!
So.. Meet the guys..





Firstly I made Fredric... He loves Autumn! Mainly because he is the perfect colours to blend in with the season. But also because his best friend is a fallen acorn! Alberto is this acorn....One day on one of his Fall strolls through the woods Alberto fell from a tiny acorn tree, they just clicked... Now they go everywhere together. These guys love adventures through the spooky woods and eating soup. They also love collecting leaves and jumping into big piles of them!



Fuzz...She loves the cooler months because she loves nothing more than cuddling round a bonfire! In fact it was at one of these bonfire snuggles that she met Meg! She was picking out a marshmallow to toast when she saw her little pink friend at the bottom of the bag...They just stuck like glue and have been together ever since. Together they like to sing camp fire songs, and tell each other stories.




Zack...He LOVES Halloween!! He's a spook freak... This all started when he dived into his Halloween candy one year and found a small misshapen coconut flavour jelly bean..He was so convinced it was a tiny ghost that they became best friends and he named it
Zeb! Together they love to make each other jump and play tag. Also they enjoy sorting through those jelly beans..You never know when a new friend might pop up!!




Charlie...He loves October because he loves Halloween! This is because he met his best mate Colin at this time of year! Charlie was trick or treating and was given a bag of treats..In the bag he found Colin, and they have been best buddies ever since! Together they like to read spooky stories, make Halloween cookies and eat sweets.



Gretel... Autumn is her favourite season..Because it's the CONKER SEASON!!!!!! And Gretel loves conkers, which is great because her best friend Graham, is one. Every year Gretel would hunt through the Autumn leaves for a prize winner... She found one in Graham! Together they enter regular conker battles, Graham doesn't mind one bit, he takes the knocks... It's all in the name of teamwork!!
When they're not battling it out on the conker circuit, they enjoy mugs of hot cocoa together and watching leaves fall from the trees on windy days!!



Lenny is a sock creature.. He loves liquorice, which is just as well really because his best friend Cedric is a liquorice Allsort. Lenny was diving into his regular birthday box of Liquorice Allsorts when he spotted something slightly different at the bottom of the box... That something was Cedric! They found straight away that they had an awful lot in common, like a love of old comedies and sudoku puzzles.. Together they also love to build wonderful models out of Allsorts and then slowly eat away at it whilst watching tv. Their most impressive structure so far has been The Eiffel Tower, however they are hoping to recreate the London Eye before 2012!



Fizz... She loves cute things! Quite possibly the cutest thing she ever found was her little friend Candy. Fizz was at the local pick your own when she did just that.. And picked Candy! They became best friends and found they have so much in common... Candy loves cuteness too and thinks that Fizz is super cute..and fluffy!! She loves cuddling up to her. Together they love trips to the park and people watching from the local cafe!



Terry is a sock creature...And he loves the colour orange...This may have been why he picked Pete to be his best buddy. Well this and the fact that he's utterly adorable! Terry was choosing the perfect pumpkin to carve one Halloween when he saw tiny little Pete. So he bought a super awesome sized pumpkin to turn into a spooky lantern and got little Pete free of charge. Together they love to listen to spooky stories whilst eating pumpkin pie in candlelight!



Fred is a sock creature... He is crazy about the cold months because he's looking forward to the bonfire celebrations on November 5th. In fact it was that time last year that he came across his little toffee apple friend Kenny! He was at a firework display when he headed for the sweet tent.. Little Kenny caught his eye (mainly because of their matching candy spots!) so they watched the rockets together and have been inseparable ever since. Together they love to collect pebbles and head to the beach to watch the waves in the evening, beach firework displays are best!




Spot is a sock creature.. She screams for ice cream!!! And that is why her best friend is one! Spot met Selina at a summer fete, of all the local ice cream flavours available, Selina was by far the greatest choice.. After all Spot has strawberry ice cream coloured polka dots so they match perfectly...Now they go everywhere together...They are particularly fond of boat trips and fetes.. After all it brings back fond memories of their first meet!



Barney is a sock creature.. He loves bubbles, any bubbles... Bubble wrap, bubble tea, bubble gum... But most of all bubble mixture. Because of his bubble loving ways, his best friend is Bubbs, a bottle of bubble mixture. They met in the corner shop when Barney was buying some bubble gum. He saw the reduced bin and had a snoop through, there at the bottom was Bubbs. It was a match made in heaven...Even their colours matched. Together they love playing in the sunshine (the bubbles look awesome!) And practising for the local bubble blowing contests. Aiming for a bubble with a diameter of 30cm. One day the Guinness Book Of Records!





Spotty is a sock creature, and despite the fact that she loves the indoors, her best friend is a clump of grass named Greg.. You see Spotty doesn't get out much these days and has become a big fan of daytime tv and baking. However on a trip through the park to get some ingredients for a lemon cheesecake, she spotted Greg. Greg dreamed of seeing much more than the park, so when Spotty offered him a spot on her sofa, he jumped at the chance! Together they love to watch tv whilst nibbling through their home baked delights!



Betty is a sock creature... She just loves jokes, because of this she became best friends with Lolly. She was searching through the freezer section of her local supermarket for lollies with jokes on the stick (You don't get them so much these days!) when she found Lolly. And although Lolly didn't have a joke, she also loves a good giggle, so they hit it off straight away. Together they love practical jokes and just being silly. They also love sitting in the sunshine and having a good old chat whilst people watching and making up funny stories.. Usually about the people they see.

There you have it.. A weeks worth of new creatures! On and Gretel and Lenny both sold..So I hope they're enjoying their new homes!

I also started a Facebook fan page HERE


So I'd love it if you headed over and became a fan. That way you get to stay in touch with all the new goodies in the shop and are first in line for any promotions!!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The end of summer SLAM!!!

Hey guys... Well it was exactly a week ago when I took this self portrait..



Yep I was a tired little Kitty... I'd stayed up late sewing and watching the Summer Slam wrestling!! And I finally reaslised what all the fuss was about! I LOVED IT!!!

Heck it even gave me inspiration for a new project and some new fun creations.. So I started doodling up some ideas...


Yee hee... I liked how this was going so that evening I got to work with some felt and made...

The Pink Mist...



Real name...Terry Doobly

His Theme tune is Danger zone (by Kenny Loggins)

His signature move is...The fog!!

Yes! I had so much fun making little Terry that I went on to make him some wrestling friends...



Angry Fire ... AKA Rocky Rouge

His Theme tune is Fire (by the crazy world of Aurthur Brown!)

And his signature move is... The burn out!!



Le Frog ... AKA Grenwell Vert

His theme tune is... Frog Chorus (by Paul Mc Cartney)

And his signature move is... The frogsmash!!



Big Daddy Lightning... AKA Thor Reynolds

Theme tune.. Ride the lightning (by Metallica)

Signature move.. The thunderclap!




Nimble Stratus... AKA Henry Bobblesworth

His theme tune is... Bouncing off clouds (by Tori Amos)

His signature move is... The Swift Cloud!




The Larey Lemon...AKA Jez Peel!

His theme tune is ...The Lemon Song (by Led Zepplin)

His signature move is... The big squeeze!



So now you've met the guys!! Here's our promo shoot picture!! I even made myself a mask for the occasion!



So here it is... Officially introducing ... Kitty's little luchas!!

From left to right.. Say hello to.. Angry Fire.. Le Frog.. Big Daddy Lightning.. The Pink Mist.. The Leery Lemon and Nimble Stratus!!

Oh and the one at the back.. Kitty-Crazy cat-Pinkstars!!

Me and the guys.. Wrestling fever!!

Happy Self portrait Thursday everyone!!!

Kitty's little lucha's in my etsy shop very very soon.... Each will come in its own bag with a laminated art card!! XX

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Happy Thursday!!



YES!! The sun is out!!! Summer is here.... Happy sunny self portrait Thursday guys!

Oh and to catch up on a few silly self portrait Thursday pictures.. Here we go..



Me and you And everyone we know!

Kitty does a Christine! Man I love this movie.... Miranda July is my HERO!!



Learning to skate!! Haha yep so Jacob bought me this skateboard!! Seriously how amazing is he??? Now I just have to balance :)



Kitty is confused... So is it Winter or Spring? I need to know so I can accessorise correctly!



So.... You know how it goes...You make yourself a lamb costume for Spring and you wake up only to find its raining! BAAAAAAH! I am not a happy lamb... Here's a sneak preview though! When the sun comes out you may even get to check out my tail!! :)



Yep so I love flying saucers....It's a lifetime love that just wont quit!!



Hold me closer tiny dancer!



Having a quiet read with little Jacob!

He's well into this Philip K. Dick read!
whilst I'm more of a manga girl!



NEW COMIC DAY!!!! Kitty and Kitty check out the latest in our new issue!



Love ..... Angel ...... Music .... Baby!!



Happy Birthday Nichol!! Yay she makes all these awesome little guys so we had a virtual party in honour of her!! :)



Been helping my buddy out today.. She seemed really low this morning. We all need a little hug sometimes don't we?? So to everyone out there having a bad day..feeling down or just needing to hear something nice.. This compliments for you ok??

Right! That is more than enough of my face! But to join in the fun go to the self portrait Thursday group on flickr

See you there ... Kitty xxx

Kitty's wishing tree



Well... Being a big Keri Smith fan and constantly wanting new exciting and inspirational adventures I bought the book.. The Guerilla Art Kit..




The Guerilla Art Kit shows how small artistic acts can start a revolution. Keri Smith, noted author of the Living Out Loud and the blog Wish Jar Journal, uses her unique drawing and handwriting style to help anyone find and release their inner artist or activist. This visually exciting activity book—full of step-by-step exercises, cut-out projects, sticker ideas, and more—has both fun assignments and handy tips to help you unleash your creative energy into the streets where you can really make an impact. From the quick exercises—leaving books for strangers to find, chalking quotes on the sidewalk—to the more involved—making a "wish tree," guerilla gardening, or making your own stencils—The Guerilla Art Kit contains everything you need to put your message out into on the world......

Awesome Huh!!? Well having already done knit tagging..sweet messages... little notes and chalk messages I decided to try something new.

A wish tree!!

All I needed was:

An envelope
Paper or fabric
Scissors
Pen
Tape
String

Then..

1. Create an envelope or use an existing one.

2. Cut out blank tags and punch a hole near one end of each tag. Tie 5-inch pieces of string to the holes. Place tags in envelope.

3. Affix envelope and pen to a tree or somewhere nearby. Write some of your own wishes on a few tags and hang them there to encourage others. You can do this exercise using a tree you find in public or if you have a tree in your front yardthat passers-by have access to.

Or instead of tags, use coloured ribbons approximately 10 inches long. This makes for a visually beautiful tree when full!

So with all this in mind and being a colourful kind of girl I went for neon card and wool...





I went to the woods and found the most perfect little acorn tree and invited people to put wishes on and wait for them to come true.. Either in person or virtually via the internet!

We started the tree off with a few wishes of our own...



And at first the tree looked like this...




But slowly as the weeks passed.. People actually stopped and started to make wishes..






And not so slowly.. The tree began to fill up!




For more pictures come check out my wish tree set on flickr

And join up to the facebook group Kitty's wishing tree

We now have over 200 wishes! And that makes me very very happy!




Wishes really can come true... I believe it! And if they don't there's no harm in a little hope is there?? Especially if it's neon!!

Make a wish guys... Come and join in the fun!!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

If you've ever been in love..... You'll understand!

Hey guys!! Well its been about 10 months since my last blog!
Hey!.... But I have a great excuse! Because about 10 months ago I met a boy!!!
Yes! It's true guys.... After a very long time living the single lady life.. And I mean a looong time, after all check out the kind of literature I had taken to reading..



Hah exactly... I had even made my old lady plan... I was going to grow old in a house surrounded by cats, whilst I knitted tea pot covers and drunk tea from tiny cups whilst sitting under a blanket! Then one day my buddy Jek said that she had once written the list of her ideal guy..And met him! WOAH! I thought that was so crazy and magical that I decided to write a list for myself!

The magic had started...One Knitted Fruits night.. (It's a group that my friend and I ran to meet local knitters and crazy craft kids!)a friend of mine turned up with this lovely guy...who only stayed for about a few minutes. This however was long enough for me to deduce that A. He had fantastic hair B. He looked good in a scarf and C. I really really wanted to know this guy.

Well to make it simple.. I'll let this comic I made explain the story to you!!





























So... After that little fairytale, I hope you can see why I've been AWOL! Hah but it doesn't just stop there guys.. Oh no! Because anyone who knows me, knows I am a crazy mad fan of Nichol Brinkman and her Pillowmonsters! I love them!! I have 8 of the little fellas I absolutely adore them, so much so that I had asked Nichol to make a plushie pinkcheeked version of ME!!



But now with me having a lovely Jacob in MY life.. I felt it was only fitting for Little Kitty to have her very own Little Jacob! So I sent Nichol a picture...



And she sent Little Kitty her very own boyfriend...

A LITTLE JACOB!!!



And she wrote this super lovely tale about the two of them...

Kitty PinkStars was happy as a lark and constantly dancing to the music the birds would chirp. It wasn't until Kitty's waitress at a diner accidentally dropped 2 straws into her strawberry milkshake that Kitty realized that her heart would explode into teeny, tiny bits if she didn't find someone to share it with. Without coincidence, at the exact moment Kitty PinkStars had this realization, a boy named Jacob, who was coloring in the woods discovered that the exact color he needed to fill in the drawing of cotton candy was missing from his crayon box. Being a particularly devoted colorer, Jacob rushed off of his toadstool on the hunt for something pink to use as a coloring medium. He ran through the streets desperately, when out of the corner of his eye, through a diner glass window, he spotted the precise color he needed---it was Kitty PinkStars aura. He was mesmerized by it. His feet moved him into the diner before his heart even knew what was happening, and when their eyes met, they found that their vocal chords didn't work. So, Kitty PinkStars offered Jacob the rest of her milkshake via her spare straw and the rest is history.

They went for a milkshake...



The rest is a love story waiting to be made...

Yep I'm HAPPY! VERY HAPPY!! He's the jelly to my ice cream....



We live in our own little world.. He's my muse! He's inspired me to doodle again!



We're different but the same in so many ways! It's like he was made from my list!!



And yep... I never thought I'd be saying it... But this love thing is totally great! And I'm a smitten kitten!